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Longing and belonging through migration: Otherness and empathy in theatre and philosophy

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This article examines how theatre and philosophy may critically contribute to discussing empathy towards otherness in the context of the ongoing massive surge of migration across the globe. Drawing on concepts from philosophical works by Baruch Spinoza, Henri Bergson and Jacques Derrida, it investigates how different dramaturgical techniques and aesthetics ‐ namely in Euripedes' Children of Heracles (c.430 BCE), Roland Schimmelpfennig's The Golden Dragon (2009) and Nikos Kazantzakis and Graça P. Corrêa's Christ Recrucified (1954/2018) ‐ address ethical-affective percepts such as empathy and hospitality in a theatre dealing with migration experiences.
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Keywords: affect theory; emotion theory; ethics in drama and theatre; human rights; philosophy on otherness; theatre and empathy; theatre and migration

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2019

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  • Performing Ethos is a refereed, interdisciplinary journal which considers ethical questions relating to contemporary theatre and live performance. Global in scope, it provides a unique forum for rigorous scholarship and serious reflection on the ethical dimensions of a wide range of performance practices from the politically and aesthetically radical to the mainstream.
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